Well, after nearly 9 years on Partridge Cross Lane, we closed the sale on the house today with a wonderful couple from Massachusetts. They got a house that appraised for more than the purchase price, and we made a decent profit (enough to pay off a good chunk of the debt we’ve accumulated over the past few years). So we will no longer have 4 mortgages on two houses — just 2 mortgages on the lake shack (until we start building on the property my parents own, but we haven’t figured out the details of that yet).

In addition, we got away from the mean guy at the end of the block. Just knowing we’ll never have to face him again is a great feeling. It’s a shame that to feel that way about another human being, but he has earned the nickname “Stupid” and I’m glad we’ve moved away.

We’re living in a rental for now, while we figure out exactly what to build at the lake. We sent our initial ideas for the floorplan to the architect, but this is the first time I’ve ever built a custom home so I don’t know how long the process will take. Our current lease is good until the end of June, but we may need to extend it.

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